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Whether you're on the go or winding down at home, podcasts are great to listen to. The Center of Biology and Society is featuring a selection of educational and entertaining episodes for everyone to enjoy. The podcast episodes below cover a wide range of fascinating topics related to science, society, technology, and more.
In our first episode, we explore the development of embryos and the different ways in which people have wanted to interpret embryonic development, often in contrast to scientific facts. We discuss the history of embryology with our guest Jane Maienschein and consider how perceptions of embryos reflect social and cultural assumptions about the beginning of life.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hold a baby Giant Panda in your lap? Listen in while Dr. Biology talks with two scientists who have gotten up close and personal with Pandas. Andrew Smith is a returning guest and WEI Fuwen is a visiting scientist from China that has been studying pandas in the wild. He has even caught the sounds of these elusive animals in the wild.
Travel with us to the Tibetan plateau in China and the field site of conservation biologist, Andrew Smith. There we will learn about some cute furry animals called Pikas and why they are considered a keystone species. Hey, just what is a "keystone species"? That's something we will also learn about.
Fire and life - what do they have in common? It turns out there is more to fire than just the glow of the flame. Stephen Pyne, Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, gives Dr. Biology a lesson in fire and how it has shaped life on Earth.
Anali Perry hosts a discussion with three ASU professors about Open Access issues, their own open access activities, and the Open Access Week exhibit at the Tempe campus October. 12-23. The Open Access movement encourages providing access to scholarly literature that is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Hitting the road again, Dr. Biology checks out the Biological Division of the National Science Foundation. He visits with Dr. James Collins who is overseeing all the research funding for the biological area at NSF. Learn how your tax dollars are being used and the cool things that NSF funds that you may not have known about.
Dr. Jane Maienschein, Regents Professor, Presidents Professor, and Parents Association Professor, serves as the director of the Center for Biology and Society in the School of Life Sciences. Dr. Maienschein specializes in the history and philosophy of biology and the way that biology, bioethics, and biopolicy play out in society.